The Conscious Leader: 9 Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace

The Conscious Leader: 9 Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace

by Shelley Reciniello


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The Conscious Leader brings you the nine principles and practices needed to create a wide-awake and productive workplace. Doing business today requires navigating the psychological terrain of people at work: egos that run amok and put personal success ahead of corporate achievement; palpable, underlying anger that surfaces in response to company policies; ill treatment by one particular manager, or your own grandstanding; and fear so contagious that people spend most of their time trying to keep their jobs instead of doing their jobs. In the incredible pressure cooker that is the modern workplace, how do you keep your eyes on a ball that is increasingly invisible? By understanding basic psychology of people at work, you can gain the essential knowledge needed to create a more successful and productive team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985286446
Publisher: LID Publishing USA
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Shelley Reciniello has spent her thirty-three-year career as a psychologist determined “to give psychology away,” to demystify psychological principles, and provide people and organizations with effective, practical information and methods to change their lives. As the founder and president of SRA Consultations, she provides Fortune 500 companies with organizational consultation, executive coaching services, and presentations, nationally and globally. With a specialization in the financial services industry, she also regularly receives coaching and consulting assignments from a variety of other businesses, including fashion, cosmetics, advertising, law, education, journalism, technology, theatre and film, television and entertainment.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction: Why Hasn't Anyone Told me This before? 17

01 Why Everything Goes Wrong When Everything Seemed Right: Secret Motivations and Hidden Agendas 23

Principle # 1 24

The Portal to Nowhere 26

Why Being Conscious Matters 28

What Lies Beneath 29

How to Wake-up 31

02 When Leaders Don't Know Their Achilles Heels: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You 39

Principle # 2 39

What do You Carry? 40

Narcissistic Delusion as a Success Stopper 42

Your Psychological House 44

What Do People Say about You? 45

What Are Your Habits? 46

Easy Wins 101 46

What Is Coaching for Conscious Leadership? 51

Where Do You Go from Here? 53

03 When Personalities Get in the Way of Business: Why Can't Everyone Be Like Me? 55

Principle # 3 55

Self-defense 55

He's Got Personality 59

Not Just Another Meeting 61

04 When Organizations Repeat Family Dynamics: Who's Your Daddy? 69

Principle # 4 70

Memories and Fantasies 70

Tomorrow Is another Day 73

Leadership, Transference, and Counter- Transference 77

05 When People Regress in Groups: Teams or Gangs? 83

Principle # 5 83

Why Do People Regress at Work? 84

How to Create Progressive not Regressive Groups 89

Why Civility Matters 91

06 When the Diversity Box Has Been Checked, But Everyone Is Still the Same: Making Diversity Real 97

Principle # 6 98

When Being Unconscious Hurts 99

The Usual Missteps 101

We Look for Similarities and Overlook Differences 102

One of the Guys 103

We Look for Differences and Overlook Similarities 105

07 When Conflict, Anger, and Power Destroy Performance, Profit, and Peace: Learn How to Wear the CAP 111

Principle #7 111

Conflict 112

Anger 116

What Not to Do with Anger 120

What to Do with Anger 124

Power 126

08 When Change Is a Constant: Chaos or Containment? 131

Principle #8 131

What's so Special about Change? 132

The Leader Who Would not Mourn 133

A Story of Containment 135

Getting to Growth and Opportunity 138

09 When Bad Mental Hygiene Destroys Thinking: The Mind Does Not Take Care of Itself 143

Principle #9 143

Daily Maintenance 144

Preparation 146

Slowing down 147

Empty Space 150

Your Ideal Self 150

Beyond Consciousness 152


Privilege, Responsibility, and Challenge 155

Morality 156

Legacy 156

Dignity 157

Reclaiming Work 158


Personal Coaching Questionnaire 161

References 175

Notes 179

Index 181

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The Conscious Leader: 9 Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite The Conscious Leader: Nine Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace by Shelley Reciniello is an excellent and eye opening guide that takes leaders through a journey of self evaluation and self reckoning. Many cases are cited of unconscious and harmful habits that leaders have which suppress happiness and productivity in many ways. I initially expected the book to be very generalised and idealised, but I found it was the opposite. Refreshingly, it was detailed, intense, insightful, encouraging, and uncovered many toxic behaviours in the workplace. In the discussion of the 9 principles, the author attempts to demonstrate the impact of the unconscious mind on the workplace and expose other counter productive effects of a troubled mind, such as delusions, conflict and unresolved family issues. I found that the book was very insightful, intuitive and people centred, and made a very strong case for ethical and conscious leadership. The author is by no means didactic; rather she describes many compelling situations from which the reader can easily appreciate how important being a conscious leader is. The content of the book is very apt, given the troubled cultures of many corporate companies and the need for good leadership in a time of change and uncertainty. The book would also appeal to people who work with leaders, since there are key concepts presented which are useful for recognising conscious team culture if given the choice of where to work. Given the practical experience and insight which comprises the book, I would argue that this book is a must-read for any leader who would like to pursue a more conscious and productive leadership style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just received a copy and very much enjoyed it. I think it's a great book for leaders, old and new. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written--It's a must read for all business owners!! It gave me so much great information on how to deal with my employees better. It helped me to get a better understanding of people and why the act the way they do which will help me have better dealings with my customers. Most important--it helped me to understand myself better--it will help me be a better boss. A HOME RUN!! THANK YOU DR. SHELLEY!!--J.BOLLO